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WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

first_img Sunshine Project report on WHO board resolutionhttp://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/papers/WHAvariola2007.pdf Members of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), reaffirmed a previous decision to destroy the remaining stockpiles, Reuters reported. In 2010 the WHO will conduct a review of all completed and proposed research to better enable members of the 2011 assembly to reach a consensus on when to destroy existing variola virus stocks, the Reuters report said. May 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world’s remaining stores of smallpox virus. Enacting a major review of the current smallpox research breaks new ground and suggests a willingness for nations to compromise, the Sunshine Project said in its report. Russia and the United States are the only countries known to hold stocks of the smallpox virus. Since the disease was eradicated in the late 1970s, the WHO has often delayed destroying the virus to permit research on smallpox vaccines and treatments, particularly in light of concerns about bioterrorist attacks.center_img See also: The developing countries oppose genetic engineering of the variola virus and want assurances that rules on smallpox DNA distribution are not relaxed, the group said. In a Jan 31 report on the WHO executive board’s draft resolution that was to be presented at the assembly, the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit organization that works to ban biological weapons, said that issues surrounding smallpox virus destruction are divisive. Developing countries have pushed for setting a destruction date, but the United States and Russia have resisted a deadline decision because they want to expand smallpox virus research into new areas, without sharing the results with other countries.last_img read more

“Medeama will fall this weekend”- Liberty head coach David Ocloo declares

first_imgHead coach of Liberty Professionals, David Ocloo, has warned Medeama Sporting Club that their unbeaten start to the league season will be halted by Dansoman-based team this weekend at the Karl Reindorf Park.The two teams clash in the biggest match of Week 3 with either team hoping to secure victory for  their own respective reasons.Medeama are chasing their 3rd straight victory while Liberty are seeking their first win of the season after drawing with Legon Cities FC in Week 1 and Berekum Chelsea in Week 2. For David Ocloo, that victory will come to his team on Saturday.“We have prepared well and so, I am expecting a positive result. I see nothing but a victory for us. I am very confident that we are going to be the team that first stops Medeama this season.”Despite the absence of a victory to their name this season, Ocloo is happy with the evolution of the team and is confident that they will soon start reaping the rewards of the work being put in by the players.“I say that the team is a work in progress and so far, we have done a lot of good work and I am sure that will get all the points on Saturday. I urge all Liberty fans to come to the match and they should nothing but a win.”The last time the two teams met at the Karl Reindorf Park in Dansoman, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Simon Zibo scoring for Liberty while Kwame Boateng found the net for Medeama.last_img read more